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StreetCreds 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Blue Harvest Creative
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

 is a look inside the world of street gangs and the cops that work them.
I worked the street for many years before I entered the Gang Task Force, joining it with the idea that I could rise to the level of violence of any banger I encountered - a really stupid idea.
I wanted to "earn back" the respect of the citizens for the police; I grew up in this city, and I worked its streets the best way I knew how, feeling that I had a firsthand understanding of what the citizens were experiencing.
The increasing frustration at gang crimes, drive bys, robberies, never feeling safe with your kids in your own neighborhood - I wanted to do what I could to make that fear go away.
Once I was inside the task force, though, the reality was a rude awakening for me. The task force was poorly managed and staffed by detectives mostly out for themselves, and the internal politics made success incredibly difficult and almost impossible - almost, but not quite.
Witnessing bad cops, brutal crimes, and realizing the department had been compromised, the cost was much higher for me personally than I anticipated.
I left the unit two years later, severely broken, edgy, and dangerously damaged.
StreetCreds is the story of how all that came to be. Hold on for a reality check
~ Zach Hold on for a reality check
Streetcreds has been ranked #2 in true crime best sellers on

Editorial Reviews


"This book stayed with me for a long time and I can't wait to read Curbchek Reloaded. I honestly take my hat off to Zach, I know for a fact that I would not be able to do a job like he did, let alone be brave enough to write the truth afterwards. We need more like Zach on our streets to keep our children safe, and it's a shame that many good guys are broken by the sheer weight of responsibility.""Well written and edited as usual, the paperback version was my copy for this review but it is also available on Kindle now.
"Rachel DoveThe Kindle Book Review
"The author, an ex gang unit detective, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the gangs from a police perspective. From cultivating informants to befriending the gang members and leaders themselves, the author spins a fantastic tale of what it's like to go against some of the toughest, meanest gangsters on the streets."
Dennis Berry

From the Author

I hope that you will enjoy Streetcreds. It details the realities I faced working in our Departments Gang Task Force.  The stories you read are true. The names have been changed of people and the places involved.  The the brutal realities remain as they were.  Z

Product Details

  • File Size: 3116 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070ORW3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A first-hand account of gang life April 7, 2012
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Although my review of Zach Fortier's Curbchek was less than favorable, the author asked me to read and review Street Creds, which follows much the same format but focuses on Fortier's time working on the Gang Task Force. I expected Curbchek to be a novel, which it claims to be. But it was a rather thinly disguised memoir of actual police cases, and so when I began Street Creds I was prepared for the same thing. I was not disappointed.

In the specialized Gang Task Force, Fortier once again shows us the realities of life on the other side of the law, as he infiltrates some of the toughest gangs on the streets. Using his apparent charm to get hardened criminals, drug dealers, and gang members to trust him, he not only makes arrests and gets convictions in court, but he also dodges bullets, engages in a dangerous high-speed chase after witnessing a drive-by, and even plays a key role in stopping a turf war. Reading about these exploits makes you wonder how the force got along before he joined them. The raw language, which only highlights his rough writing skills, for some reason fits in with the down-and-dirty, super-hero-like feats he pulls off.

The book is arranged as a series of chapters highlighting different cases with gangs, and unlike Curbchek, which didn't have any kind of arc, Street Creds feels more like a complete story. Chapter One explains how Fortier became part of the Gang Task Force and his disdain at discovering how mismanaged the department was, and as the chapters progress, he gradually gets to know the individual gang members, which helps him succeed in solving crimes and cleaning up the streets, at least according to him. By the end I almost felt like I knew the author better, and in some strange way, even understood him.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars StreetCreds March 7, 2012
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I recently got my hands on a copy of StreetCreds, the second book by cop turned author Zach Fortier and was not disappointed! StreetCreds picks up where CurbChek left off following Zach deep into the world of criminal gangs. StreetCreds is a much darker book than CurbChek, but follows Zach's style of "in your face" and "tell it like it is". StreetCreds is a fictionalization of Zach's real-life experiences while assigned to the gang task force. Zach not only takes on gang bangers and thugs, but battles office politics as well and comes out unscathed in the end...or does he? Zach's accounts will put you right there in the mix and leave you with the feeling that Zach's experiences are your own. This book is gritty, raw, and as real as it gets. If you ever fantasized about putting it all out there on the streets, do yourself a favor and get your StreetCreds. You wont be disappointed.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! January 14, 2013
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As someone who grew up hearing about gang violence, I loved this inside look at gangs and gang violence, and what it takes for police officers to overcome the closed society that they are often confronted with when dealing with gangs. On the streets, especially in gang neighborhoods, witnesses and victims tend to take the "I didn't see anything" approach. This, obviously, makes it hard for a police officer to do his job and solve the crimes.

The author, an ex gang unit detective, gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the gangs from a police perspective. From cultivating informants to befriending the gang members and leaders themselves, the author spins a fantastic tale of what it's like to go against some of the toughest, meanest gangsters on the streets.

This book is full of stories of various crimes and criminals, as well as a peek into the author's emotional state while working the streets. It was a great read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As gritty as real as his other books February 13, 2013
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I recently read and reviewed Zach Fortier's books Curbchek and Curbchek Relaod. I have the same high praise for this book as well. Written in short but riveting,detailed chapters; the author gives enough information to cut to the meat of the story and yet be very descriptive of the situations and emotion involved. However, I would not recommend this book to people who are extremely sensitive to situations involving child abuse or sexual assault against children. The author's intent to educate about the psychological and emotional trauma and the effects it has on law enforcement officers was certainly accomplished. I now have a better understanding of why law enforcement officers can seem so detached. Definitely a good read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy reading about cops' experiences July 4, 2013
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The language is rough but guess that's how they & "the street" talk so I endured it. Sometimes is gets sorta hilarious that they use the "f" word in every other word, like they just can't get enough cussin in there otherwise!! But the book certainly shows what & how cops face on the street. That the author came from such a dysfunctional family makes his basic common sense in learning & applying psychology towards the gangs' individuals is pretty amazing to me. His anger is understandable from his background but he seems to have channeled that energy towards the culprits who harm the innocent victims who claim his compassion.
Had to laugh about his one particular ride-along that silently stumped him, after he unleashed gruffly his rules of being a "ride-along".
I also, got the 2nd book CURB CHECK
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well-written
This is a good read. It left me wanting to read more of his books. Great insight on gangs and cops
Published 1 day ago by Joanne Deshong
5.0 out of 5 stars good true cop stories
Now I'M no huge fan of law enforcement but this book explains the Crap they have to go through at work and it might make you inclined to have a little compassion for them. Read more
Published 5 days ago by readinglarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Second book of Zachs I've read. It really depicts how one feels after 20 plus years of doing the job.
Published 11 days ago by Rm
4.0 out of 5 stars How To Decide Not To Be a Gang Unit Detective
This is a brutally honest inside look at just what it's like and what it takes to survive as a gang unit investigator on a major city police force, and a distressing view of how... Read more
Published 12 days ago by William T. Masonis
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah blah
Blah blah blah...boring, all over the place tale about the smartest and sharpest detective who ever lived (yea right, then he woke up)
Published 14 days ago by Rawolive
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
Not a coherent read.
There are better books out there, find one.
Not my kind of book, but I do read a lot , so maybe for the casual reader
Published 18 days ago by cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Street Creds
i have read several books by this author. All of them are true stories about the author's time as a cop. This book centers on his time dealing with gangs. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jazziegirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and quite informative about the gang lifestyle.
Heavy ending. A good read though. I have nothing more to say about this book. Nor do I appreciate having a minimum number of words for a rating.
Published 19 days ago by T. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening story behind the scenes
Written by the retired officer detailing his time with the city's gang unit. The behind the scenes interactions of the gang members and the author show how those who have chosen... Read more
Published 20 days ago by B. Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced
This book was very interesting! It was hard to see the good cop changing because of the incompetency of the other police. I could relate to what he was saying because I live in LA. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Elaine Palmer
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More About the Author

Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written three books about Police work. "Curbchek" the first book is a case by case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. "Streetcreds" the second book details time Zach Spent in a Gang task force and the cases that occured. The third book is by far the most gritty: "Curbchek-Reload". In "Curbchek-Reload" Zach is damaged and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day to day violence of working the street. "Hero To Zero" is Zach's fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames, some ended up in jail, prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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